Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head Five Cents (1883-1913)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,790
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1885 5C PF obverse 1885 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The proof 1885 nickel enjoyed a generous mintage, and examples remain plentiful today. Given the rarity of Mint State currency pieces, these proofs have long filled this date slot for many collectors, which has increased demand for this date within the proof series. The high number certified represents a greater inclination to have 1885 nickels graded than exists for other dates.

Most survivors appear to have been well made, though weakness may sometimes be seen in the same places as for currency strikes: the hair above Liberty's forehead and the lower left of the wreath at the corn cob.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1885 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 775 850 950 1125 1225 1375 1675 2100 3700 15850 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1875 2400 7300 -
1885 5C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1375 1475 2050 2500 7400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 3250 - -
1885 5C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1950 3100 7300 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 8500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 792
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/29/2001 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1500, 1500/Lot# 1111 $872.00
6/27/2005 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 409 $1,122.40
2/10/2008 NGC PF 63   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1926 $1,063.75
8/11/2011 PCGS PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7051 $12,650.00
2/22/2013 NGC PF 66   Cameo Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1234 $1,645.00
3/3/2013 NGC PF 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/03/2013, 64/Lot# 102926 $773.30
4/24/2013 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1495 $1,527.50
4/22/2015 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3560 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1182121912571296133713771419146315071551159716441749191720292106249527544539646471388315
1194123212701310135013911434147815221566161316791805195420552236258133495181668975300
0000001434147815221566161316791805195420552236258133495181668900
0000001448149215361582162817141861199220802365266839445822691300
1885 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1276131613571398144114841528157316201667171517651905205221362433305745124729682079609234
1289133013711412145514991543158916361683173218121954208022352641354245845426720083850
0000001543158916361683173218121954208022352641354245845426720000
0000001558160416511699174818582003210823342849402746576123758000
1885 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1114115111871225126413031343138314261469147715581658182119072029225025253324622467967138
1126116312001238127713161356139714401472150415911712185019482103234227914291641569100
0000001356139714401472150415911712185019482103234227914291641500
0000001370141214551474153116251767187819882176243330585257660500
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 2525
Owner: mania
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 2029
Owner: CoinLes
 
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